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Farming

Farming inquiry call

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright. Independent inquiry sought into direction of agriculture as farming's effects on water quality had become "too politicised".

One salmon farm appeal allowed

A salmon at New Zealand King Salmon's Clay Point farm in the Marlborough Sounds. 6 min ago Supreme Court allows an appeal against the building of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Grape harvests beat rain

Grape harvester. 4:14pm Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

Plant up and running

Alliance group The Alliance Group has finished commissioning its $25 million rendering plant.

Mystery silo

silo A Taranaki family is keen to find out more about a silage silo built on their farm in 1931.

Opinion poll

Do you think New Zealand should open the door to genetic modification in agriculture?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: GM in NZ on farming leaders' agenda

Barns could be the answer

Dairy herd home A move to partly dairy farming indoors seen as a way towards doubling exports by 2025 and maintaining or improving our water quality.

Over-population central to debate

Let's try and look at a few issues around climate change. When you really get down to it, it's about population.

Wider focus key for meat industry

No clarity in call

More feed than cows to eat it

Cows eat Kale. Exceptional autumn growing conditions in Canterbury means there is "more feed than cows to eat it at the moment".

Cheaper milk on the way

Milk, butter and cheese could soon be cheaper at the supermarket, but shoppers shouldn't expect big price drops.

Dairying alters culture

Dairy price trending down

Farming inquiry call

Independent inquiry sought into direction of agriculture as farming's effects on water quality had become "too politicised".

Fodder beet a likely option

Fodder beet Fodder beet could significantly boost beef returns and provide a profitable alternative to dairy grazing.

Brand wins, environment wins

Taupo couple win environmental farming award in combining a desire for sustainable land use with a successful business model.

Brooksdale calves top sales

Dam halts farmer's plans

Big plans for farm

The new owners of Taranaki's landmark Onetai Station want to realise its potential as a beef and sheep farm.

Growing market for D2S wool sales

wool bales Wool growers have rallied behind Wools of New Zealand ‘s Direct-to-Scour spot market sales option.

Good standard of wool for sale

A large offering of lambs wool and autumn shorn wool attracted good competition at the Christchurch wool sale.

Eyes on the dog trialling prize

Sheep + goat = geep

Clinton lambs rate well

A Clinton sheep farming family are producing some of the best lambs in the country.

T&G buys Apollo Apples for $36m

Apples Horticulture marketer and distributor buys Hawke's Bay apple producer to feed growing export markets.

Vintner tries luck with pinot

A French winemaker from famous Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is working his magic at a Marlborough winery.

Rain frustrates wine industry

Winemaking magic

Grape harvests beat rain

Nelson wineries are relieved the region's grape harvest has largely finished ahead of prolonged rain.

Mystery silo

silo A Taranaki family is keen to find out more about a silage silo built on their farm in 1931.

Plant up and running

The Alliance Group has finished commissioning its $25 million rendering plant.

Gangs arrive but no police

Seafood farms unscathed

One salmon farm appeal allowed

Supreme Court allows an appeal against the building of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Understanding feed crucial

Cow An expert says farmers could achieve milk solids that are 100 per cent of liveweight.

Grazing contract talk vital

Waikato farmers grazing heifers for dairy farmers urged to keep clients informed of the condition of their stock in the wake of the current drought conditions.

Zeroing in on weather information

Gate swings both ways

Farmers urged to discuss suicide

Suicide is more prevalent in farming communities than the city, and people need to talk about it, Southland Federated Farmers president says.

Swing set becomes feeder

Wessel Eksteen and his feeder invention. If Wessel Eksteen's feeder invention looks vaguely familiar, just think about children-sized swings.

Farmers ready to spend

Buoyancy and confidence have brought more farmers to the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding.

Feeding the rural news appetite

Bargains for all

Robotic milking interest growing

New Zealand dairy farming is catching onto the worldwide trend of robotic milking.